A chocolate, orange, and pomegranate smoothie that tastes more like a milk shake than a workout recovery drink? Yes! This Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake comes in at 32 grams of protein per serving, and 421 calories with the help of a good protein and fiber nutritional booster! A tasty (and healthy) start to the New Year!
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.~~ Abraham Lincoln
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks – Recipe Inspiration
You know what “they” say about New Year’s resolutions, right? Nearly half of us make them, and less than 10% of us keep them… Why is that? I have a theory. 😀 “Resolutionaries” (my husband’s name for those that make
and break) New Year’s resolutions, aim too high. Habits take time to form, and setting an achievable goal means the action is more likely to become a habit. In other words, “eat the elephant one bite at a time.” My second son loves to remind me of this quote!
So, after the indulgences of the holidays, we’re resolved to get to the gym, eat healthier, sleep longer, stress less… and weeks later, we’ve failed. Having spent a lifetime working at a healthy lifestyle, my advice is this: Start with small, realistic goals. Get a fitness watch, and keep moving. If you want to go to the gym, add a couple of days a week rather than 5. I have found the TRX suspension system to be an amazing addition to any home gym. It’s not easy to make excuses if the workout happens at home… no driving involved. 😀
This chocolate meal replacement smoothie is more than a post-workout shake. At 433 calories and 33 g of protein, it will keep you satisfied longer than a typical protein shake. And. All. The. Flavor. This smoothie is delicious! So pull our your Ninja blender, and give it a whirl! The recipe makes 2 servings, so you’ll have one for your workout buddy too!
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📋 Ingredients Notes
Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.
- pomegranate juice – You want to use 100% juice with no sugar added!
- orange – I use both the zest and the orange sections. I like the additional fiber. Alternatively, you could just use the juice.
- unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- protein powder – Protein powder varies greatly in nutrient composition and calories. I plugged in the specific brand I use of unflavored protein powder to come up with the macronutrients listed in the recipe card. Yours will vary.
- vanilla Greek yogurt – I use nonfat Greek yogurt to reduce calories.
- fine sea salt
- crushed ice
Making this delicious chocolate meal replacement smoothie could not be more simple. Add the ingredients to a a blender, and blend until smooth. Garnish with fruit as desired!
When making a meal replacement shake, it is important to get enough protein. Choosing a good-quality protein powder is critical. I look for one with a minimum of 20 grams per serving. The Greek yogurt adds additional protein, bring it up to about 30 calories for the smoothie.
To boost the fiber content, use the orange sections rather than just the juice. I use seedless oranges in the smoothie, and include the orange sections to bump up the fiber. Zesting the orange is optional, but I want to taste the orange flavor!
I believe you can, and I have definitely done so. I am a very active post-menopausal woman, and plenty of protein, good carbs, high fiber, low fats have always worked for me.
Are you a New Year’s “resolutionary,” or are you looking to create new healthier habits? I’d love to hear what you have planned for the year ahead!
Best Ever Chocolate Meal Replacement Smoothie
- 1 cup pomegranate juice - 100% juice!
- 1 large orange - zest and sections
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 scoops protein powder
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
- 1 orange - juiced
- 1 cup crushed ice
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Garnish with orange slices and pomegranate arils if desired.
NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.